Evanston police reported Friday that Chief Richard Eddington and members of the investigative services division met Thursday night with family members of victims of unsolved murders in the city.

The meeting was hosted by the Christ Temple M. B. Church at 1711 Simpson St., according to a news release.

At the meeting, police emphasized the importance of leads from witnesses to crime in order to help them apprehend and convict the murderers.

“Discussing these issues with community members on specific unsolved cases and coordinating efforts with Crime Stoppers of Cook County, we are creating a message that these cases need to be solved by a cooperative effort between the police and the community,” the release stated.

On Saturday, friends and family of Justin Murray, who was shot and killed last November in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue, plan to distribute flyers urging anyone with information to contact police.

Evanston police in the past four years have investigated 12 murders in the city, of which five remain unsolved and continue to be under investigation.

Of the seven cases police consider solved, five are still making their way through the criminal justice system.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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